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Inter Arma

Interview von: arne mit Trey, am: 18.03.2013 ]

EmailDer Relapse-Einstand von INTER ARMA ist durch eine Genre-übergreifende Dunkelheit und primitive Rohheit bestimmt. Das okkult und hypnotisch wirkende „Burial Sky“ entsteht im Zusammenspiel von Doom, Sludge, Death und Black Metal sowie Noise, Psychedelic und Drone. Dem Spiel des Quintetts kann man sich mit Worten nur annähern. Es gilt, die intensive, Kraft raubende Platte zu durchleben und eigene Schlüsse zu ziehen.

 

Musicscan: People who get introduced to your band can be impressed by your “different” approach to extreme and nihilistic music I guess. What do you think about this thought, and what is your approach towards music and being Inter Arma?

Inter Arma: I don't know if we try to go for a different approach, really. We just write songs that come from a lot of different musical places. I guess we just try not to bog ourselves down with too many restrictions, if you know what I mean.

Musicscan: What influences you to make especially this kind of death-black-doom-sludge-downtempo-noise-psychedelic-ambient-music?

Inter Arma: As you can probably imagine, we have a wide range of influences both individually and as a group. One band doesn't pop out as our number one influence or anything like that, though. Bands like Morbid Angel, Neurosis, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Sabbath, to even stuff like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and a million different things in between.

Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound? Especially in the context of your band of course. One thing is for sure: you are not that “typical” kind of a heavy band. People have to be concentrated and to take time to get to what Inter Arma is all about…

Inter Arma: I don't think we draw a line, necessarily. There was a pretty cool Rush documentary called "Beyond the Lighted Stage" made a few years ago where Geddy Lee said something that particularly resonated with me. I'm paraphrasing, but he basically said they never looked at a style of music and thought Rush couldn't do it. I think that's probably true of us a little bit as well, though maybe not in as literal of a sense. With that being said don't expect for us to come out on some future record with a polka or a reggae song. We like heavy music, and we like playing it.

Musicscan: Who is listening to Inter Arma? What kind of people you see and meet at your shows?

Inter Arma: I don't know, really. There isn't one kind of person who tends to be into our band. We've had super young kids be into it and old heads. Crust punk folks and more clean cut types. You could say we don't have a very specialized demographic.

Musicscan: Sky Burial is a pretty challenging and self confident record. It is intensive and stands somehow outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. What is your view on the album?

Inter Arma: Well, firstly, thanks for the compliment. We're pretty proud of what we did. I don't know if we set out with the intent to make something challenging and new or anything like that, but we did want to write and record something that was representative of us, and I think we accomplished that. I hope that people dig it, but it's going to come at people from a place that I don't think a lot of records do. We'll see if/how that molds the opinion surrounding the record.

Musicscan: A strong part of the sound of your band is about feeling and gut instinct I would say. Would you agree? Of all the songs you’ve chosen to be on the Relapse debut what song do you feel is the most representative of all the facets of the band and of what you want Inter Arma to be known for?

Inter Arma: I think that's a fair assessment. In regards to the songs, it would be hard for me to choose one as they have so many different elements. However, I'd probably say the title track. I think its ebb and flow is indicative of our typical approach, and it might be my favorite song on the record. Still undecided on that, though.

Musicscan: Does most of the influence come from personal experiences and moods, or from listening to similar bands?

Inter Arma: I'd say the former over the latter. We all share some commonality in our taste in music, but not a ton. I think if we went in to writing just trying to make music like other bands then it would come out like an unlistenable mish-mash. We just take progressions and riffs and play them until they sound the way they should sound. That's really it.

Musicscan: Do you think it is necessary to create a certain distance between you and the music in order to get a better understanding of its inherent quality – how do you handle such questions within the songwriting process?

Inter Arma: That's actually a really interesting question, and I was talking about this with a friend of mine last week. I think it's hard to have an objective opinion of something that you've created from scratch. It's similar to parents only seeing one side of their child. They have a hard time understanding that their kid can be bad, or good, depending on their own opinion and experience with that child. Same thing with the songs we, and others for that matter, write. We hear the songs the way we want to hear them rather than the way someone who's not been involved hears them. You can try and not listen to it or play it for a while, and that does give you some different perspective, but not in the same way that someone hears it who's just listened to the completed product for the first time. You just have to write the songs and make them as good as you think they can be and let the cards fall as they may.

Musicscan: What are you looking for in your songs in general, and how important are the elements/aspects of volume and profoundness to Inter Arma?

Inter Arma: I think we just try to play up the strengths of the progressions and riffs of each song. Some of the stuff is more moody. Some songs require a lot of space to breathe while others require a certain tightness that can't fit into the same cavern that another song might. With that being said, we are a pretty loud band. Not Sunn 0))) loud, mind you, but I think having amps cranked and drums smashed adds a lot of intensity and profundity to the show or recording.

Musicscan: Are there specific aspects on Sky Burial that stand out in your mind, or aspects that have an inner meaning to you you would like to share with us?

Inter Arma: It's definitely a different kind of record, that's for sure. I don't know if musically I could pinpoint any specific thing and say that it'll open your third eye or anything like that. I do think the lyrics have a lot of depth and layers to them, and I hope Mike gets some serious credit for that. He really has some interesting commentary on existence.

Musicscan: What are the feelings you get out of what you are doing with Inter Arma, and is there something you want the people / listeners to leave with?

Inter Arma: I'm happy that I get to play in a band with a bunch of like-minded guys whom I respect and like immensely. And I'll let people form their own opinions or hypotheses as they listen to or contemplate the record. I don't think they should be led in one particular way musically, philosophically or otherwise.

Musicscan: Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have? Relapse says: recommended if you like Neurosis, Melvins, Darkthrone, Tombs, Electric Wizard, Kylesa, Rwake…

Inter Arma: Maybe? It's hard to say. It's not like there's some giant band convention where they put similar bands in a room and make us talk about our reasons for making music like one giant therapy session. However, I do think that we're influenced by most of those bands to an extent, but we're influenced by everything we do, not just what we listen to. I think the bands that come closest to our frame of mind are the bands that just write music without trying to make it fit something. We just like to write and play songs that we think are cool.

Musicscan: Do you care about fitting into a certain scene or genre? I would not think so…

Inter Arma: You're correct. If we worried about trying to fit tidily into some scene then we probably wouldn't be talking to each other right now. Sometimes we don't fit a show we play perfectly. So be it.

Musicscan: With the direction of Inter Arma heading a certain way and listeners / fans growing with you over years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?

Inter Arma: I have literally no idea. I don't even know if there's a specific meaning or concept that we hope to get across from this record. Maybe in hindsight we'll see some greater idea hovering over our music, but as of right now it's just simply a bunch of songs we've made. I hope that people can connect with it or that they can glean some intangible meaning from it, but I don't think we've made the music with that particular intention. You know?

Musicscan: Last words?

Inter Arma: I hope you dudes dig "Sky Burial", as we worked hard on it. And hopefully we'll see all of you soon, right?

 
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